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Updated: 6/13/2013 8:47 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When the weather heats up, your energy consumption goes up.  And as a result, so does your power bill.

"They do skyrocket this time of year," said beachgoer Jareshia Cushion.  "Because the air condition constantly runs because it's so hot outside."

So in an effort to save you some cash, Action News went straight to JEA for advice on how to keep the heat from burning a hole in our pockets.  Spokeswoman Gerri Boyce says the first thing you should do is set your thermostat to 78 degrees.

"And then if you say, okay that's just not cool enough for me, then what you need to do is use your ceiling fans or box fans because that will lower the temperature by 3 to 5 degrees," she said.

But even when your ceiling fan is spinning, there's something else to remember.  Boyce said, "Fans cool people not rooms.  So there's no reason to keep those fans in if you're not in that room."

Now that your air circulation is handled, look to your windows.  Drop the drapes when you can.  And lower the blinds.  It will slow the rise of the temperature inside your house. 

Now, turn your attention to your backyard pool.  Boyce says the best thing you can do to save money here is only run the pump 6 to 8 hours a day.

JEA says little changes can lead to big savings on your power bill. 

JEA also has a few new online tools that can help you manage your energy consumption and save money.  You can check them out by visiting
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